February 27, 2016



You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

~2 Corinthians 8:9, NLT


“God by nature is a giver and He loves to see His children display His character in their giving. In other words, we are never more like God, than when we give.”

~Ken Hemphill

In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul speaks exclusively about the grace of giving. The word grace (charis) in found in the N.T. 159 times. It is found in 2 Corinthians chapters 8-9 ten times. It is not always translated grace no matter what translation you are using…

  • 8:1…Grace— the desire of the Macedonians to give.
  • 8:4…Favor— the privilege to give.
  • 8:6…Gracious–Offering for the Saints in Jerusalem.
  • 8:7…Gracious–Offering for the Saints in Jerusalem.
  • 8:9…Grace–the willingness of Christ to give up His riches in glory in our behalf.
  • 8:16…Thanks–for Titus and his spirit.
  • 8:19…Gracious–Offering to Jerusalem.
  • 9:8…Grace–Ability to give.
  • 9:14…Grace–desire to give.
  • 9:15…Thanks–For the indescribable GIFT.

In these two chapters alone, we see charis translated four different ways and none of them are wrong. You cannot separate Grace from favor, giving or thanksgiving. When you encounter and ungrateful person, you can rest assured that they do not understand grace. People who grumble and complain do not understand grace. Grace will always manifest itself in one of three ways: [1] Favor [2] Giving [3] Thankfulness.


  • Buford Burgess was promoted yesterday just before noon. Tentative plans are visitation Sunday evening and COLS Monday evening. I will know more as the day unfolds. I have grown very fond of Buford and family over the past year. Both the visitation and COLS will be at DBC.
  • I had a long day and was so exhausted by the time I got to the blog, that I have very little extra.

Gary, Keri and Kane


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